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Medical Monday 3.3.14: County Dialysis A Resource for Patients In Need

| March 6, 2014

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Nearly fifty patients a week seek treatment at the County Dialysis Center in Presque Isle. The center is a vital resource to helping so many patients diagnosed with kidney failure or renal disease get life saving treatment close to home.

Irene Bouchard is getting her dialysis treatment. A loving daughter-in-law drives Irene from HOULTON to the County Dialysis Center in Presque Isle twice a week. And for three hours, Irene will sit here for her treatment. She’s done so for the past two years. Diagnosed with kidney failure, she knows she has to. “At first it was frightening, but it has been a very good experience I know I need this if I wanna live its either this or die, so I’ve accepted that,” says Irene.

Nearly fifty patients a week are receiving treatment at the County Dialysis Center. While there are a number of health issues and medical problems that require county patients to travel Bangor south, THANKFULLY the center is local and can be seen and treated right here. In fact since 1997, the center has provided more than 88 thousand life sustaining treatments to patients with end stage renal disease here in Aroostook County.

Pamela Frank is the manager of the County Dialysis Center in Presque Isle and says “if it weren’t for county dialysis center that would mean three times a week travel down to the Bangor area.”

Frank adds one aspect that makes a huge difference in patients lives is getting continued support from family and caregivers. One of the biggest ways that’s demonstrated she says is ensuring patients make it to their appointments for regular treatments. Which is where a positive attitude comes in. Irene says its been her saving grace throughout the last two years of receiving treatment. Irene encourages other patients starting dialysis to muster up the courage, and get one. Irene says “its not too bad at all its nice, at first I used to resent coming here but I’m so happy that I did come.” Irene adds the nurses and staff help to make the treatment visits smooth. But overall, knowing this experience is helping to keep her alive makes any amount of travel and hours of treatment worthwhile.

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